In the capital of Chechnya, the republic long ravaged by civil war and insurgency, an acclaimed Russian human rights activist was kidnapped and murdered.
On Thursday, mourners gathered to remember Natalya Estemirova. She had worked in Chechnya for a decade, focusing on killings and kidnappings she believed were carried out under the authority of Chechnya’s president, who is backed by the Kremlin.
Estemirova had been working with Human Rights Watch on a report. Rachel Denber, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the killing and the state of human rights in Russia.